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James R Womack |
Date: Wed Nov 4, 1998 9:04 pm
Subject: Re: A general ASL question
ASL has dialects. Signs will vary by region as
does spoken English. Texans an New Yorkers don't
English the same way nor do they ASL the same way.
Language refuses, by its nature to be a one size
fits all shoe.
Then you add that to the fact that ASL like English has
its sets of synonyms, homonyms, dimitutives, and the
like, you're going to get even more variety. The confusion
for som is a lack of understanding of linguistics in general
and ASL linguistics in particular. There are courses in this
area and the best of them are offered by Gallaudet.
James R. Womack
Community College of Southern Nevada